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air fryer salmon cakes

Air Fryer Salmon Cakes

Air Fryer Salmon Cakes are mixed with green onions, garlic, sour cream, plus herbs and spices then air-fried until crispy perfection.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Salmon Cakes, Salmon Cakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 patties
Calories 106kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 lb salmon cooked and flaked
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper or to taste
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon hot sauce optional
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Oil spray


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on a lightly greased baking sheet, and season with some salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil, and bake it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  • Once baked, discard the skin, and flake the salmon with a fork and add it to a large bowl. If it has any bones, remove them and discard.
  • Next, add to the salmon the rest of the ingredients, and mix them together using your hands, until well combined.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for portioning so each salmon patty is about the same size, and make into patties.
  • Place a piece of parchment round down inside the hot air fryer then carefully place each cake in the air fryer. Cook in batches if needed, don't overcrowd.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes until the crust turns golden brown. Do not flip while cooking.
  • Remove from the air fryer and enjoy with your favorite sauce and extra lemon on top, if desired. Garnish with green onions.



  • Aside from fresh, you can also use leftover or canned salmon. If using canned, drain very well first.
  • An ice cream scoop will help ensure evenly shaped cakes. 
  • You can also use this recipe to make crab cakes. Simply replace the fish with flaked, cooked crab meat.
  • Feel free to use different seasonings and herbs! The final flavor is up to you – try adding chives, taking out the ginger if you wish, mixing in chopped cilantro or red onions, and adding cayenne or chili flakes if you want it spicy.
  • For lighter cakes, sub the sour cream with plain yogurt.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg